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Gardening takes a lot of hard work and effort. You need to prepare the soil, plant the seeds and water the plants. If you’re lucky, you’ll have plants growing. But then you need to protect them from pests and diseases. And if everything goes well, you’ll have a great harvest in the end.
But that seems like a lot of work, doesn’t it?
Maybe you’ve tried to grow a wonderful garden but gave up on it. It’s not your fault. Tending to a regular garden is no joke. And sometimes, giving up may be the right choice.
But you don’t have to give up.
Vertical gardening can help you grow not just the plants but yourself as well.
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Horizontal gardening sucks. You have to plant the seeds or seedlings in rows that have quite the separation between them. This separation is needed so that you can move around the garden and tend to the plants. The problem with this approach is most of the water, compost, and fertilizer ends up wasted.
And you know what happens in empty spaces of the garden?
Weeds start growing. And who has the time to take care of those?
Vertical gardening helps you avoid these problems. All you need is just a little area of the garden to plant the roots. Most of the water, compost, and fertilizer is utilized by the plants and not wasted.
What if you don’t have a decent garden space?
Vertical gardening is quite flexible. You could grow the plants in tower pots that stack on top of each other.
If you just have a patio, driveway, or balcony, you could grow vertical plants in containers. You just need to provide support inside the container or just outside it.
Even if you just have a fence or a wall, there are plenty of plants you can grow vertically with their support.
Gardening can get expensive. Especially if you have a horizontal garden that takes up a lot of space. The amount of compost and fertilizer you need for amending the soil is large. Which means you spend a lot of money on it.
Watering a large space in the garden is hard work. So most people make use of an automatic irrigation system which becomes quite expensive.
We know that a large garden with separation between plants tends to have weeds. And killing those weeds needs organic or chemical weed killers that add to the cost.
If you’re not careful with a horizontal garden, it can suffer from pests and diseases. And getting rid of them can rack up quite the bill.
That’s where vertical gardening can help avoid burning a hole in the pocket.
You just need a small area of the garden to plant vertically. This means less compost, less fertilizer, and less watering is required.
Pests and diseases are less of a problem with vertical gardening. And even if they do occur, it’s quite easy to find them early on and get rid of them.
You might think that only a limited variety of plants grow in a vertical garden.
But that’s not true.
There are several types of fruits, flowers, and vegetables you can grow in them.
Some examples of plants that grow well as a vine include climbing spinach, snap peas, zucchini, vining melons, sweet potato vines, spaghetti squash, and tomatoes.
You could even grow fruits like grapes, kiwifruit, blackberries and raspberries in your vertical garden.
And you know the best thing about growing vertically?
The fruits and vegetables taste better because they tend to create abundant chlorophyll.
And the harvest is bigger as well.
The latest in vertical gardening is the Hydroponic solar vertical garden which combines vegetable/herb/flower garden, solar panels, wind-turbines and fish farm to provide produce, fresh water and protein.
What’s a gardener’s worst nightmare?
Watching his plants destroyed by pests and diseases and not being able to do much about it.
That’s the problem with horizontal gardening when you can’t always watch over the garden.
That’s a problem vertical gardening solves.
Since the plants are growing vertically, it’s harder for pests and diseases from the soil to reach them.
The fruits and vegetables also don’t rot as quickly as they would when touching the ground.
Even if the plants in the vertical garden, do get affected by pests and diseases, you’ll know soon. That’s because you have a small garden that’s easy to manage and it’s easy to take care of such pests and diseases when the problem is at an early stage.
The plants in your vertical garden will climb up or down.
We know that they have plenty of chlorophyll because of this arrangement. This means you get a better harvest from the plants than you would in a horizontal arrangement.
You need very little space to get plenty of harvests. If you are growing against a wall, you just need to give 6 inches of space on both sides for the fruits and vegetables to grow.
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If you plant vegetables like pole beans, you’ll get a better harvest throughout the growing season. But if you have bush snap beans, you’ll get a harvest just for three weeks.
Gardening can be hard work.
When you have a horizontal garden, there is a lot of bending required.
You need to tend to your soil and add compost and fertilizer to it. You need to check on your plants for any pests and diseases. And you’ll need to pluck out the weeds that are invading your garden.
All this is not good for your back especially if you already have some back problems.
Vertical gardening uses a limited amount of garden space. So it already reduces the amount of work you need to do in the garden.
Since the plants are growing vertically, weeds, pests, and diseases are not that frequent. And you can easily check up on your plants without the need for exhausting yourself.
When it’s time to harvest fruits and vegetables from your vertical garden, you can do that without having to bend and exert yourself.
No more do you have to worry about pests and diseases on your plants. No more do you have to worry about tiring yourself. And no more do you have to worry about giving up on your gardening dreams.
Start vertical gardening to become the best gardener you can.